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Booze Cruise 2015 - Falmouth - aboard "You Go" and "Me Go" (Bavaria 36)

Updated: 10-10-2015

Report from Steve Worner (Photos Steve Worner):

We booked two matching 36ft Bavarias from Cornish Cruising ("You Go" and "Me Go") respectively skippered by Nigel and myself. It was supposed to be 4 per boat but with Caroline having to drop out at the last moment Nigel sailed with Roger Francis and David Gist and Lis Jones, Ruth Jennings and Colin Winter having to put up with me.

Me Go passes You Go
Me Go passes You Go

As we were getting near low water we decided to give the Pandora a miss and headed as far up river as is possible with little water and moored up on the mid river pontoon just 100m from the Heron ( very aptly named with the number of herons, egrets and even a kingfisher spotted by Lis on the trips up and down the river - and a seal for company at one time.)

Gull Rock and Dodman
Gull Rock and Dodman
We were a little concerned at the depth of water but the harbour master confirmed we would be ok from his calculations and local knowledge whilst collecting our fees - and even giving the girls and Colin a lift ashore whilst the rest of us slummed it in the dinghy.

Overtaking vessel keeps clear
Overtaking vessel keeps clear

The pub was under new management and had had a makeover with a grand opening weekend to come the following week but we were made very welcome and enjoyed good food. Friday arrived with bright sunshine which would last all weekend. After motoring down to Carrick Roads we both headed off Eastwards under motor, not getting enough wind to sail until we were around Dodman with "You Go" anchoring for lunch at Goran Haven and "Me Go" venturing into Mevagissy for a short and uncomfortable spell tied up alongside the wall in the swell.

Lis cleaning up after Pasty-time
Lis cleaning up after Pasty-time

A short trip across the bay into Fowey with an evening meal in the Royal Fowey Sailing club. Saturday dawned and we motored out beyond Dodman before the wind picked up enough to sail on to the Helford where we had a meal booked at the Sailing club followed by the television to watch the rugby between England and Wales - the least said about that the better but suffice it to say that Miss Jones was cheered by the result, if not the abuse for her and her team from some elements!

Helford Sunrise
Helford Sunrise
One thing to note is that the private pontoon we used to land at is now gone so we had to land at the ferry quay and walk the dinghies down to the waters edge.

Sunday and "You Go" had a leisurely breakfast in the Helford whilst "Me Go" had a quick cuppa and sail across to St Mawes for brunch. There was to be one final bit of interest when we headed for the marina and when literally metres from the pontoon we went aground which was surprising as we were not quite on Springs and the channel has been dredged. Fortunately we were just drifting towards the marina out of gear and being pushed by the wind and only noticed we were aground when we stopped passing boats. It must have been the water level being kept down by very high pressure but we managed to stop "You Go" from following suit and after about an hour we were able to float off and return the boats to their berths.